June 02, 2008

The Referenda in Beni and Pando

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The referenda in Beni and Pando (the northern most provinces of Bolivia) have reached the 80% of acceptance for the autonomic statutes. However, absenteeism is notable.

In Beni, absenteeism was 35% and in Pando, over 46%.

These results, added to the Santa Cruz ones, should be read as a political maneuver to mount leverage against the weight of the government for the inevitable negotiations that have to come, if this problem is to be ever solved.

Next up on June 22 is Tarija.

With that, all the departments who voted yes on the autonomic question in the June 2006 referendum will have confirmed their desire to move towards a more autonomous Bolivia.